Job Transition Curve and Emotional Change

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So how do I respond to job change? How do I respond to a job loss? Can I really control all that is happening around me?

The change or job transition curve is a model that explains your emotions after loosing a job. The curve lets you know that the emotions are perfectly normal. Understanding and accepting our natural reaction helps us cope and rise to the challenges presented by the change. Once you understand that the emotions are a normal reaction, your role is simply to reduce the time taken to get to the proactive side of the graph. There are resources throughout the site to help you with this.

Job Transition Curve: Emotional and Physical Reactions

Job change curve

Our reactions to change from the job transition curve are likely to be both positive and negative. The following table provides some of the key emotions that are likely to be felt.










Creative Thinking







Non co-operation




Stress Symptoms from Loosing a Job

Symptoms of the job transition curve are often individualised, and based on personal circumstances. However, they may include the following:

  • Physical
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Tiredness
  • Lethargy
  • Breathlessness
  • Bouts of dizziness
  • Indigestion, heartburn
  • Bowel disturbance
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension, e.g. neck or back pains
  • Nervous twitches

Mental Symptoms from the Job Transition Curve

  • Irritability and aggression
  • Anxiety and apprehension
  • Pre-occupation with trivia
  • Poor decision-making
  • Inability to prioritise
  • Difficulty in coping
  • Mood changes and swings
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Feelings of failure
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Feelings of isolation

Signs of Stress and Altered Habits From the Job Transition Curve

  • Altered appearance
  • Lack of care in appearance
  • Looking miserable
  • Looking tired
  • Looking nervous/apprehensive
  • Looking agitated
  • Eating more, eating less
  • Drinking more
  • Increased absence
  • Increased accidents

If you are suffering from some of these symptoms, use the this section to help you with immediate issues, and this part of the site to help you turnaround the job transition curve. These are proven tools, some of which you will find very helpful.

For more information about the job transition curve, try here for a different perspective of the job transition curve.

If you are following the pathways, it is time to create some career goals.

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